Who says we are design activists?

June 22, 2011

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In December 2010, the D4D gang listened to a lecture given by Emma Dewbury (Open University) in which she quoted John Ehrenfeld (Sustainability by Design): “One never designs a new paradigm but one may stop and seek new ways of thinking about the world at hand.”  We are creative and imaginative individuals but we often […]

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Why Empathy is needed? – A new era of universal love values is on its way…

June 19, 2011

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What it is happening in the world? Why people are so cruel to other human beings, or why some people simply don’t care about others? Are they turning off their empathy? That’s actually what states the psychologist Baron-Cohen in his book ‘Zero degrees of empathy’ (2011). If we are talking about creating a ‘big society’ with new shared values […]

What we have been up to…

May 13, 2011

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It’s been a good while since anyone has had a chance to post anything on the blog! We have all been very busy, writing essays on Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Cities, Environmental Management and Human Rights! And not only this list is non-exhaustive, but also, we are just about to bury ourselves in dark rooms […]

Are slums sustainable places to live in?

March 24, 2011

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At EcoBuild a few discussions addressed the notion of slums as sustainable places to live in. All over the world there are different types ‘slums’ that have emerged as a result of different conditions, which raises thoughts about how different people view slums and sustainable dwellings.

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The meaning of ‘rights’

March 24, 2011

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At a recent public seminar Colin Harvey (Head of Law at Queen’s University in Belfast) raised the interesting question of “What would a modern day Bill of Human Rights look like?”  By this he meant that the documents need to be inclusive and relevant to today’s everyday people. He sensitively emphasised the importance of speaking to communities in order to understand the real issues that need […]

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Tasty values

March 23, 2011

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In this Ted talk, Architect Carolyn Steel looks at how food shaped our cities, from being the core of our relationship with nature and of urban social life to being at the centre of a highly unsustainable system. Now, food is a subject I’m pretty obsessed about, not only because I’m a French hedonist, but […]

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Why we need people and planet first, and not only economy

March 22, 2011

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The industrial revolution made men able to build a world more dynamic and profitable, recreating a new way of living in this world. But how far can men play this game without causing irreversible damages to the planet and to mankind itself? In the masters course of Design for Development, in Kingston University, between many […]

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